Popular Japanese series taps out North America.
You probably haven’t heard of Fire Pro Wrestling, but that doesn’t lessen its importance. This series is to wrestling games in Japan what WWE games are here — the king of the ring. Amazingly, though, the Fire Pro Wrestling series has only made its way to North America in the form of a obscure Game Boy Advance game.
The trailer shows next-gen potential, but it doesn’t say much about GTA itself Last night, the highly anticipated…what am I saying here? The most anticipated video trailer ever, was released after a painful, almost 1 month long countdown: GTA IV Debut Trailer. This morning, you couldn’t even click to see it on the official site (in HD that is), due to lag, as every gamer on the planet wanted to view it and more than once I’m sure. After roughly everyone saw the footage (sadly not as long and as in-game as hoped), questions whether Rockstar would finally say something about it started to arise. But no. Rockstar ain’t saying nada. Continue reading
Online petition succeeds in swaying 2K to release collector’s version of Irrational Games shooter, extra goodies to be chosen by gamers.
Earlier this week, Cult of Rapture, 2K’s official Web site for BioShock, drew attention to an online petition asking the publisher to release a collector’s edition of Irrational Games’ upcoming first-person shooter. In the posting, a 2K representative said that if the petition received 5,000 signatures, the publisher would indeed make a limited edition of the game available.
According to a follow-up post on the site today, the petition met its goal of 5,000 later that night, and kept going. As of this writing, more than 18,000 people have added their names to the request. Today’s update confirms that there will be a collector’s edition of the game available for both the PC and the Xbox 360, but it indicates that the specific bonuses to be included in the package have not yet been determined. Continue reading
Sega is prepping the first expansion to the latest entry in its popular RTS series for a fall assault; first screens inside. Four months ago, Sega released Medieval II: Total War, the latest installment in the long-running real-time strategy series. Developed by the British studio The Creative Assembly, which Sega bought in 2005, the game has players vying for control of Europe during the Middle Ages via massive battles with individually animated soldiers. Medieval II received solid reviews, including an upbeat assessment from GameSpot. It also enjoyed decent sales for a PC game unrelated to The Sims or World of Warcraft, moving just under 200,000 units in the US in two-and-a-half months. Today, Sega surprised few by announcing that it is readying the first expansion pack for Medieval II. Developed at The Creative Assembly’s Australian studio, Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms will supplement the original game with four all-new single-player campaigns, including: –The Americas, which casts players as Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés or the Aztec and other indigenous peoples who resisted his ruthless conquest of Mexico. –The Teutonic Wars, which saw Christians and pagan tribes clash violently in Northern Europe.
Okay, so Capcom will be holding an event on April 12th, where we may or may not hear about Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, neither or both. At this point, nobody knows, and adding more fuel to the fire are retail listings of Resident Evil 4 (yes, you read that correctly) coming to Wii at a reduced $29.99 pricing.
What the hell is going on? Capcom won’t tell us. “Capcom has not made any announcements about a new Resident Evil title,” is all a company representative would say — not surprising considering official announcements are just weeks off.
The rumors stem from listings on both EB Games/GameStop and a Japanese retailer. Both listings have since been removed, but the magic of copy-and-paste allows us to show what the listings did look like, before the powers that be intervened.
Three screens and a feedback wheel prove an effective warm up.
“Do you guys have (the circuit) Long Beach in this game? I’ve never driven it before and I need to learn it for the next race,” asks professional racer Mika Salo on the Risi Competizione Ferrari racing team while checking out a build of Forza Motorsport 2. The game and its three screen, wheel-enhanced setup were brought to the first race of the 2007 season at Sebring International Raceway in Florida to some surprisingly interested drivers who deal with the real thing every day.
his fall most of you will pick up one of these three; find out what’s in it for you.
We’ve known for a long time now that Microsoft was planning to release three seperate SKUs of Halo 3 for the fans on various levels to dig their teeth into, but we’re just now getting some more solid details. Here’s the basics on each edition:
Standard Edition — The most bare-bones package of the bunch, it comes with only the Halo 3 game itself and nothing else. Of course, that also makes it the cheapest of the bunch at $59.99. Continue reading
Codemasters tweaks the title of its Spark-developed alternate-history shooter set in Nazi-occupied America; new screens inside.
Last August, Codemasters announced it was publishing Fall of Liberty, an alternate-history shooter set in a fictional timeline. The first-person shooter will see players defend the American homeland after the Nazis invade in 1952. Like the similarly themed Freedom Fighters, the game will center on gritty urban combat in New York City, albeit from a first-person perspective.
Today, Codemasters announced a slight title tweak for Fall of Liberty, which will henceforth go by the handle Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. No reason was given for the name change for the game, which will ship in the US and Europe this fall for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. No rating or pricing is yet available for the game.
Getting Halo 3 out early will kick off 360 sales for the holiday season
Finally something to chew on. When Microsoft
representatives confirmed Halo 3’s launch in fall, with no specific month or day, it was also confirmed indirectly that Bungie’s FPS would be released either in September, October or November (most likely in November). Well, big ass publisher and big ass developer (tight with Microsoft) have told IGN that Microsoft has set the release date for the third installment in the series in September.
Up until now, it was assumed that Halo 3 was probably going to launch in late fall, November. It looks like anxious fans are going to get their long waited FPS 2 months early. Nothing has been confirmed officially though.
God of War II is another violent and highly entertaining achievement for the action adventure genre, and it’s a fitting closeout to the PlayStation 2 era.
The Good: More of the gory, over-the-top action you’ve come to expect from this series; fantastically paced, with some ingenious puzzle designs; scale of some of the levels is unbelievably massive; superb graphics and sound; several more bosses than the first game.
The Bad: Combat is overly straightforward at times and still prone to button mashing; ending leaves you hanging.
It’s hard to imagine a better swan song for the PlayStation 2 than God of War II. Though it’s not destined to be the very last game for the system, it doesn’t seem likely that anything else will come along in the coming months to trump what God of War II achieves. As the sequel to 2005’s megapopular action adventure set within the basic confines of Greek mythology, it continues the agonizing and rage-fueled odyssey of the world’s angriest man-god, Kratos, as he goes on another epic vengeance bender. It’s an altogether familiar adventure in many ways, with a lot of gameplay mechanics held over that haven’t necessarily been improved in any meaningful capacity, but that’s not to suggest the game isn’t better overall. God of War II is a brilliantly paced, tightly crafted piece of work that’s as intelligently designed as it is thrilling to play. In short, it’s exactly what you would want from a sequel to God of War. Continue reading